Category: Alumni Authors

Title:La Belle Creole: The Cuban Countess who Captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris

Author: Alina Garcia-Lapuerta (F'86)
Date Published: September 1, 2014

Known for her beauty and angelic voice, Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo, la Belle Creole, was a Cuban-born star of early nineteenth-century Parisian society. Moving from colonial Cuba to Napoleonic Spain and Parisian salons, La Belle Creole strings together memoirs, travel writings and letters to reveal a seductive portrait of a daughter of the Creole aristocracy who epitomized an unusually modern and sophisticated life.

Chicago Review Press (2014)

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